We remove hundreds of tonnes of unwanted bathroom products and kitchen waste from waterways and our wastewater system each year, at huge cost to customers and the environment. This is due to the wrong things ending up down household drains and blocking pipes. We’re all connected, so what you put down the drain can make a big difference.
While the actions you take in your own household might seem small, you’re one of nearly 5 million people contributing to Sydney’s wastewater every day. We’re all connected, so what you do can make a big difference.
The 2 main causes of blocked pipes are:
The only things you should flush are the 3 Ps – pee, poo and paper (*). For everything else? It's best to bin it.
Wet wipes create up to 75% of all blockages.
When household waste gets flushed down the toilet, it creates a clump that eventually blocks drains and clogs wastewater pipes.
* Watch this space for details of the new flushable standard.
The only things you should put down your sink are the Sinkables: water and soap.
Fats, oils and grease should never go down the drain ... don't even sink about it! When oil and grease hit the cool water in your wastewater pipes, they harden. They then combine with other waste like wet wipes to form a hard blockage known as a 'fatberg'.
These blockages can cause overflows which can be a health and environmental nightmare, with wastewater backing up and overflowing into homes, backyards and local waterways. What’s more, you could be looking at an expensive plumbing bill to fix a blocked drain.
If you follow these simple steps, you’ll help protect both your pipes and the environment from nasty blockages, plus save money on plumbing costs.
Let's all do our part to keep Sydney's sinks and toilets happy. Check out our fact sheets: